One year ago today, President Obama issued a directive entitled "Building a 21st Century Digital Government." The Administration launched a comprehensive Digital Government Strategy aimed at delivering better digital services to the American people.
We are pleased that, in support of that strategy, the State Department promotes the application of agency data in the public and private sectors. Our recently launched state.gov/developer page connects developers with Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) they need to unlock government data. This page is the primary resource for developers interested in the State Department’s data, and we will post information about the API, API Datasets Sampler, frequently asked questions, and the ability to get and maintain API keys.
Just this week, the State Department’s Office of the Historian announced a web API that allows third-party web and application developers to integrate the live OPDS Catalog of Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) into their products. The FRUS series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and offers historians and researchers an in-depth look at significant diplomatic activity. But this is just one example of how we can use our data in innovative ways. API Link: http://history.state.gov/developer/catalog
Another API launched by the State Department is for foreign per diem rates by location. These rates are established monthly by the Office of Allowances as maximum U.S. dollar rates for reimbursement of U.S. Government civilians traveling on official business in foreign areas. Lodging and M&IE (Meals & Incidental Expenses) are reported separately followed by a combined daily rate. API Link: https://explore.data.gov/developers/docs/foreign-per-diem-rates-by-location
If you have other suggestions for APIs you'd like us to make available, send us your ideas, comments, or questions. We'd really like to hear from you!
About the Author: Janice Clark serves as Director of Website Management.